Polica

Polica perform an intimate live show in the UBS Forum


Before heading out on an extensive tour in support of their second record Shulamith, Polica stopped by The Current to perform before a small live audience in Minnesota Public Radio's UBS Forum. Between songs, frontwoman Channy Leaneagh talked to Jill Riley and Steve Seel from The Current's Morning Show about the new album, the story behind its album art and how it relates to the cycle of a woman.

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Information Society remixes Strange Names, reunites to record new album


It’s been quite a while since we’ve heard anything from the Information Society camp. The genre-breaking, experimental new wave and synthpop band broke out of the Twin Cities back in 1983 and had a successful run on Warner Bros. offshoot Tommy Boy Records throughout the ’80s. But by the mid-’90s the band’s three founding members…

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Robot

9:30 Coffee Break: Robots


We have robots on our mind, so we are throwing the theme to you. What songs about robots should we play for the 9:30 Coffee Break?

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The Artists’ Quarter will close at the end of 2013


Downtown St. Paul mainstay the Artists’ Quarter is shuttering its doors at the end of the year, the Star Tribune reported today, ending its three-decade-long run of supporting jazz music in the Twin Cities. Since its inception the club has been a nerve center for the local jazz scene and hosted respected acts from around the world.…

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sunderland, fans

On the Ball with Mark Wheat: Who's Your Team?


What team do you support? Maybe you don't have a fave yet. If not, here are some reasons why you may want to throw your support behind The Black Cats of Sunderland AFC. Plus, goals of the week and a music selection.

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Larkin Poe perform in The Current studio

Larkin Poe perform in The Current studio

Sisters Megan and Rebecca Lovell are the nucleus of Larkin Poe. They perform powerful songs with a rootsy Southern underpinning. Their latest album, 'Venom & Faith,' was released on Nov. 9, 2018, and was self-produced. Larkin Poe stopped at The Current to talk about their songwriting process and to perform a couple tracks from the album, as well as one of their favorite Lead Belly tunes.

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Kurt Vile performs a solo acoustic set at The Current

Kurt Vile performs in The Current studio

Ahead of a show with his band the Violators in the First Avenue Mainroom, Kurt Vile stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Mary Lucia. Vile played solo acoustic versions of a couple songs from his latest album, 'Bottle It In,' and one from his 2011 release, 'Smoke Ring for My Halo.'

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John Grant performs in The Current studio

John Grant performs in The Current studio

Michigan-born, Reykjavik-based musician John Grant is a fascinating individual even before he starts performing songs. Ahead of a show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis, Grant stopped at The Current studio to play songs and to engage in lively and thoughtful conversation with host Mac Wilson.

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Haley performs instrumentals from 'Pleasureland' in The Current studio

HALEY performs in The Current studio

Although Haley has composed instrumental music before, her 2018 release 'Pleasureland' is her first all-instrumental full-length. 'This was so much more satisfying when I wasn't trying to say something with words,' Haley says. 'It was how I felt and what I connected to.' Haley, along with Jeremy Ylvisaker, visited The Current studio to play music from 'Pleasureland.'

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Panic

Coffee Break graphic Oake & Riley

Thanks to Loran for writing in with today's theme idea -- songs that are NOT about keeping calm. What songs can you think of for today's 9:30 Coffee Break that mention panic, freaking out, hysteria, etc?

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